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Last Updated: Wednesday January 24 2007 15:13 GMT

In pictures: Rare frill shark caught on film

Frill shark

A rare frill shark has been caught off the coast of Japan after a fisherman reported seeing an odd-looking eel-like creature with a mouthful of needle-sharp teeth.

Frill shark

Frill sharks are rarely seen alive because they normally like to live 600m underwater.

Frill shark

This one, which is 1.6m long, was filmed by workers at a Japanese marine park where it is being looked after.

Frill shark

Its body shape and number of gills are similar to fossils of sharks which lived 350 million years ago - so this really is a living fossil!

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